05/11/2005 12:00AM

Few in feature seem to like winning


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The theory of "seconditis" will be put to the test here in Friday's feature.

The six-furlong race, a second-level allowance with an optional claiming price of $62,500, contains at least a couple of entrants who seem much more likely to fill out the place rather than the win position.

Take Choreography, a 5-year-old gelding who has won five of 27 career outings but finished second on no fewer than 11 occasions.

Claimed for $40,000 here last October from his eighth runner-up effort of the meeting, Choreography showed little in two subsequent outings and was put away for the winter.

Choreography showed brief speed before faltering in his 2005 debut, a five-furlong allowance/optional claimer here April 16, but could move back into the exactor picture with that one under his belt.

Na Somsanith picks up the mount from trainer Ted Knight.

Wild Card Deck finished second in his local and seasonal debut in that same opening-day race and also is eligible to move forward.

There also are reservations about Wild Card Deck's record, however, as he has won three times and finished second nine times from 21 starts.

Slade Callaghan will be back in the irons for trainer Nancy Triola,.

Bill the Great also is on a run of second-place finishes, having finished as the runner-up in his last two starts last year. He was also second on April 30 while competing under Friday's terms at 6 1/2 furlongs in his 2005 debut.

Bill the Great, however, can be considered in a different light than Choreography or Wild Card Deck, as he has raced just 10 times and recorded three victories.

A rare claim by trainer Bob Tiller from his 2004 finale, Bill the Great should be able to prevail from just off the pace here under returning rider Corey Fraser.

Stakes winners Pants N Kisses and San Diego Blowout and stakes-placed Estevan and Adjalah also are among the field of nine for Friday's $66,800 feature, which goes as the eighth race.

Baby Lou returns in Friday finale

Baby Lou, who overcame a horrendous start to become a going-away winner of her debut here opening day, will look for her second straight score here in Friday's finale.

The six-furlong race, a first-level allowance for Ontario-sired fillies and mares, also attracted Wisdomisgold, winner of the Juvenile Stakes at Fort Erie last year.

Baby Lou, a 3-year-old trained by Mike Mareina, ducked out sharply at the start of her opener but recovered quickly to reach contention and was along in plenty of time through five furlongs of sloppy going. Jim McAleney retains the mount Friday.

The 3-year-old fillies in the lineup could use the race as a prep for the $125,000 Lady Angela, a seven-furlong Ontario-sired stakes for that age group here May 28.

'Bourbon' may try two turns in Marine

Wholelottabourbon, Canada's champion 2-year old last year, ran his career record to 5 for 6 when he won the six-furlong Woodstock Stakes in his 2004 debut on April 23. He probably will try two turns for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile Marine here May 21.

"That's what I'm pointing him for," said trainer Nick Gonzalez, who had watched Wholelottabourbon work six furlongs in 1:12 at his Fort Erie base on Tuesday. "I wanted to give him a good workout and have him gallop out strong. Everything went okay."

Regular rider David Clark, who had ridden at Fort Erie on Monday, stayed over to ride Wholelottabourbon in Tuesday's drill.

Moonshine Justice has leg fracture

Moonshine Justice, a disappointing third as the 7-5 favorite here in last Sunday's Queenston Stakes, has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture of a right hind tibia and is off the Queen's Plate trail.

"He'll be out of action for 12 weeks," said Dave Cotey, who trains Moonshine Justice and is a co-owner along with Derek Ball and Hugh Galbraith.

Moonshine Justice won his last three starts at 2, all in stakes, and was runner-up to Wholelottabourbon in the Sovereign Award voting for his division. The colt had trained very well for his seasonal bow and was sent to Dr. Darryl Bonder for a thorough veterinary examination following the Queenston.

"We knew he didn't need the race," said Cotey. "He was fitter than any other horse in the barn."

Three Grade 3's for holiday weekend

The $150,000 Marine, an open race for 3-year-olds, will be one of three Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile stakes run here over the long weekend beginning May 23.

Sunday's feature will be the $250,000 Selene, an open race for 3-year-old fillies. Lemon Maid and Gold Strike, the one-two finishers in the six-furlong Star Shoot here April 24, are slated to renew their rivalry in the Selene.

On Monday, Victoria Day, the feature will be the $150,000 Eclipse Handicap for 3-year-olds and upward. Judiths Wild Rush, Mobil, and A Bit O'Gold, one-two-three finishers in the Vigil here April 30, all are probable candidates.